Tortoise Shell Handles

29 Jul

The Colony of Avalon had the pleasure of hosting the Strauss family.  Ron Strauss and his children Gemma, Thomas and Caroline participated in the Dig Program for a week.  Amongst many of the artifacts found, Gemma unearthed two beautiful 17th-century tortoise shell handles.  These handles may have encased a blade or lancet.  In the 1600s, similar blades were used by surgeons for bloodletting, a common practice for surgeons to rid people of fever and various other illness.